A Junkie's Confession: The New York Times' Wedding Section


Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Sunday is the one day a week you get the single woman’s sports pages: the New York Times wedding section.”

As you all know, I was once a New York Times’ wedding section junkie (something I mentioned in my first post). Before this let’s-charge-you-for-reading business, I used to tear open my browser, locate the Style section, and click on each wedding story until I filled my heart’s desire. Still, the elitism of the NYT was hard to ignore.

It comes as no surprise, then, that only (what society deems are) the “upper echelon” couples are chosen to be featured in this section of the newspaper. After much research and years of reading, I’ve made a couple of observations that will help get your wedding announcement on the NYT radar. Here are three suggestions that will definitely help you score big:

  • Carefully choose who you are marrying. Personality is, of course, a big factor. But what matters more is their resume. Pick someone who went to an Ivy League or at least graduated magna cum laude in their class (especially if it’s just a dinky school). It’s best if you also pair up with someone who is ethnically different from you so you can be the token bi-racial couple to grace the wedding section.
  • Take a photo with your beloved with both your eyebrows at the same level. One should not be higher than the other. And, please, no cheap shots with your point-and-shoot! Get your rich friend with that fancypants camera to take your photo outdoors in the sunlight. AND SMILE WIDE with all your teeth because then you’ll look happier and the happier you look, the more likely you’ll be chosen!
  • Make sure there is someone famous in your family whom you can exploit. Name-drop like crazy. Did your uncle invent toilet paper? Or maybe your great-great-grandfather once broke the world record for the longest, manliest burp. Even if you are a lazy bum and you’ve never accomplished anything in your life, it’s important that you have relatives who can make you look more legit.

Despite my sarcasm- and in all seriousness- I do love this section dearly! It's just as Carrie Bradshaw said....



Jean of Austin wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

NYT Wedding section

A great Sunday is one in which I have time to read all the weddings in the Times in the morning and watch Masterpiece Theatre that evening.

Sabrina wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Great tips

Hahaha, this is great. Good job finding the common denominator between those featured couples. (;

Melony wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Happy to share an addiction

I too am keenly aware of Sunday mornings for this very same reason. There's something that touches my romantic core; I love knowing that people found one another and that they're committing to this crazy journey of life together.

Add your comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
3 + 1 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.


About the author